Director of Administration and Finance - Recreation & Park Department (0954)

  • 501 Stanyan St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
  • Full-time
  • Fill Type: Permanent Exempt
  • Work Hours: Regular
  • Job Code and Title: 0954-Deputy Director IV

Company Description

Amid a dynamic and ever-evolving urban landscape, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department stewards one of the premier urban park systems in America.  San Francisco recently became the first city in the United States for which 100% of its residents live within a ten-minute walk of a park.  Considered by San Franciscans to be one of the City’s most popular and effective public agencies, our Department manages and maintains more than 225 parks, playgrounds, and open spaces in San Francisco, including two outside of city limits: Sharp Park in Pacifica and Camp Mather in the High Sierras. Our 4,100- acre system includes 25 recreation centers, 9 swimming pools, 5 golf courses and numerous athletic facilities, including sports courts, ball diamonds, soccer fields and gymnasiums. Included in the department’s responsibilities are Golden Gate Park, Coit Tower, the Marina Yacht Harbor, the Palace of Fine Arts, and TPC Harding Park golf course.

More than 2,000 talented individuals are part of our team, from gardeners, foresters, and recreation leaders to park rangers, custodians, electricians, painters and more. Our core mission, as it has been throughout our history, is to provide opportunities for San Francisco residents and visitors alike to gather, play, learn, relax, and enjoy nature in the city.

Job Description

Under the policy direction of our General Manager, the Director of Administration and Finance manages the financial, fiscal and administrative functions of the department, supporting the operational units of the Recreation and Park Department and enabling the delivery of services to the public.

Essential Functions:

  1. Directs, through subordinate staff, the Administrative and Finance Division’s five functional areas which comprise strategy, finance and budget, human resources, information technology, and purchasing and contracts; and works proactively with each of these units to gather data, analyze information, evaluate results and choose the best solutions to problems;
  2. Serves as a member of the executive team, advising and supporting colleagues on administrative and financial matters; coordinating financial and human resources efforts between business units; supporting development of the organization’s strategy and sharing the strategy with Administration and Finance staff;
  3. Represents the department among the public and various bodies, including the Board of Supervisors, the Recreation and Park Commission, PROSAC, and community groups; and liaises among other departments and groups to improve functions and communications;
  4. Oversees the development of local, state and federal legislation and policy related to the administrative and financial activities of the department; and works with the Controller, federal, state and local agencies on matters affecting the department;
  5. Directs the preparation of the department’s annual budget and supplemental appropriations as needed; represents the department in budget negotiations with the Mayor’s Office and Board of Supervisors;
  6. Manages and oversees the department’s annual operating and capital expenditures; coordinates the preparation of financial reports to the Recreation and Park Commission, the Controller’s Office and the Board of Supervisors; monitors the financial transactions processed by both the department and city financial systems; directs responses to financial audits; and ensures adherence to fiscal policy, city rules and regulations, as well as to state and federal funding requirements; and directs financial planning and forecasting;
  7. Oversees Human Resources including recruitment and exams, processing, labor relations, payroll and Environmental Health and Safety.



  1. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university;AND

  2. Five (5) years of experience as an administrator in a public agency, overseeing complex financial and budget operations, negotiating budget and/or contracts, gathering and analyzing information/data to make actionable recommendations to senior leadership, partnering with executive staff to make financial, human resources and contracting decisions and engaging with stakeholders such as members of the public, the Mayor’s Office, the Controller’s Office and the Board of Supervisors, including five (5) years of management experience; AND

  3. Possession of a valid California driver’s license.

The following desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring:

• exceptional financial acumen with successful leadership and executive level oversight of fiscal and administrative activities;

• strong analytical and abstract reasoning, negotiations and conflict resolution;

• the ability to interpret a strategic vision into an operational model and ensure transparency and accountability in all financial transactions, consistent with the highest level of professional and ethical standards;

• the experience to effectively work in and with high performance teams that include multiple agencies and financial consultants, and manage in an environment where diverse and sometimes conflicting interests must be considered;

• the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other Recreation and Park Department directors, managers, commissions, boards, elected officials, tenants, community, regulatory groups, and partners;

• possess great interpersonal, public communication and presentation skills and the ability to collaborate, partner and develop solutions, networks and alliances that represents the Recreation and Park Department's interests and fosters an inclusive, diverse and engaging workplace.

Filing Deadline: Interested Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as this announcement may close at any time after 5:00 P.M., October 25, 2021.

Additional Information

Verification of Education and Experience:
Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at

1) Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

2) Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

Applications and resumes will be reviewed for relevant qualifying experience. Additional screening mechanisms and/or Management Test Battery may be utilized in order to determine the candidates' qualifications. Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the department will be invited to participate in the interview process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed an invitation to the interview process. Qualified applicants who are selected for an interview will be notified of the exact date, time and place of the interview.

For questions, please contact Lisa Nakamura at [email protected]

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Salary Range: $189,306 to $241,540

Other outstanding benefits offered with this position include:

  • Medical, Dental, and Life Insurance; Long-term Disability Plan; Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Municipal Executives Flexible Credits Defined Retirement Plan
  • Deferred Compensation; Social Security
  • Paid Management Training Program; Wellness Program
  • Vacation/Holiday/Sick Time; Administrative Leave

For additional information about the benefits package, please visit: Municipal Executives' Association Benefit Summary.

Terms of Announcement:
Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website.

Additional Information Regarding Employment with the City and County of San Francisco

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.  For details on how it is applicable to your employment, please click here.

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.